The NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Fox Sports signed a 5-year deal with the league for the rights to broadcast Thursday night games, starting with the 2018-2019 season. This particular’s the longest broadcast deal for the Thursday games since they began airing on NFL Network in 2006.
The move cements the mid-week games into the schedule despite criticism by players who feel the weekly game has led to an increase in injuries.
The deal will give Fox Sports yet another 11 games per season, with the games running by week 4 to week 15. Fox already airs Sunday NFC games.
The “Thursday Night Football” games will air on Fox as well as the NFL Network in addition to Fox Deportes, its Spanish language channel.
Under the completely new deal, Fox will be able to air its games on mobile phones for the 1st time.
“This particular agreement will be the culmination of over 10 years of strategic growth around ‘Thursday Night Football,’ a period during which This particular property has grown by a handful of late season games on NFL Network to a full season of games,” Roger Goodell said in a statement.
Despite a drop in ratings, the NFL still earns the most viewers of anything on TV.
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Terms of the Fox Sports deal were not disclosed.
However, NBC in addition to CBS paid roughly $450 million combined to air “Thursday Night Football” games during 2016 in addition to 2017.
The NFL has typically split the “Thursday Night Football” package between two broadcasters.
While This particular deal will be solely with Fox, the NFL can still bring in a digital partner to stream the games online. from the past, the NFL has partnered with Twitter in addition to Amazon for those rights. Goodell told reporters on a media call which the NFL will work with Fox when determining its next digital partner.
“Football will be in our blood at Fox in addition to we understand which nothing beats the NFL when This particular comes to television which captures people’s attention in addition to defines American culture,” said Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox. “Our historic relationship with the NFL dates back to the earliest days of Fox, in addition to we couldn’t be more excited to expand our deep in addition to enduring partnership to include primetime games on Thursday night.”
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published January 31, 2018: 10:10 AM ET